Food and Drink

This Online Gin Festival Will Get Your Spirit Rising

A gin-ius idea.


How do we feel about a gin festival crammed with cocktails? How about a MasterChef cooking class?

If you like where those questions are going, you’re going to love what comes next.

Australia’s most highly awarded gin producer, Never Never Distilling Co., have announced they’re hosting an online Gin Festival on Saturday October 16. They’re calling it Seek More Flavour.

Call it a culinary-and-cocktail extravaganza a la at-home; there’s no reason why you can’t find an excuse to indulge in the spirit famous for turning tonic water into something infinitely more quaffable.

While the relaxation of border restrictions and lockdown is now (somewhat) on the horizon, the concept of attending a fully-fledged IRL food and drink festival is definitely not. However thanks to Never Never, all you need is an internet connection and a good attitude.

Ticket prices are $150 and come with a jam-packed goodie box brimming with gin flavoured treats and ingredients that will be used in the sessions over the course of the Seek More Flavour festival.

This includes sampling kits of Never Never’s three core gins, tonic waters, garnish packs, canned cocktails and recipe cards valued at over $250. Guests will also receive a sample of a yet to be released limited edition gin, the first time it will be sampled by the public. Exclusivity!

Attendees will sample unreleased gin offerings, build cocktails with some of Australia’s best bartenders, cook alongside MasterChefs and play along for some outrageous gin prizes, including a year’s supply of gin to one lucky viewer.

The festival will be an inside look into perfecting the martini, making cocktails using things you already have in your pantry, garnish techniques and much more.

Never Never Distilling Co are also giving away a limited number of Seek More Flavour festival packs to front line workers who might need a bit of a break from the ongoing Covid crisis forcing many parts of Australia into lockdown.

If you know someone who you believe needs a day off and some juniper-filled entertainment, you can nominate them using the form here.

Guests will need to place their order by October 1st to ensure timely delivery of the festival packs. 

From the comfort of your couch or kitchen benchtop, the various stages and sessions include:

  • Boozy Brekky – The secret to the perfect Red Snapper + special guest
  • Cooking with Gin â€“ Gin-cured salmon cook along with Sean Baxter (Never Never Co-Founder) + special guest
  • The Ultimate G&T Masterclass with Fever Tree’s Trish Brew – the art of selecting the best tonic.
  • Martini’s for Dummies – Tips on perfecting the ultimate cocktail with the ultimate dummy, Tim Boast, Never Never co-founder
  • Pantry Cocktail Hacks – The must have ingredients for any home cocktail cart
  • Ice Ice Baby – Ice carving masterclass and how to make clear block ice at home
  • Loads of gin giveaways on the day plus a MEGA grand prize for one lucky participant of a Year’s Supply of Gin (must be watching to win) 
  • Plus MUCH more

Tickets can be purchased via the Seek More Flavour pack here.

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Food and Drink

Red Rooster Is Serving Free Chicken and Piping Hot Cash This Christmas in July

Get your early dose of festive cheer.

Red Rooster Christmas in July
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The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.

From June 29 – July 31, 2023, Red Rooster is serving up free food items, a chance to win $10,000 or one of 10 merch packs valued at $400 and other fun prizes. All you have to do is sign up as a Red Royalty member and spend $5 on at a location near you or online.

Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.

Spoiler alert: you can get 10 chicken nuggets for free, right now. Brb running to Red Rooster.

Terms and conditions apply. Visit Red Rooster’s Christmas in July to see all the deals.


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